Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pacing a Play?

I have managed to write and type up the first rough draft of the one act play I am writing.  Having never attempted to write a playwright before the main problem I have come across is knowing how to pace the play.  I  have got used to working towards a word count so writing to an amount of time has been difficult.

Yesterday I read it through (out loud!) to have more of an idea how long it was and at present it is about half an hour in length.  At least this gives me some idea of how long it represents as an actual play.

I still have quite a lot to do on it and hopefully that will make up the other half hour.  I also need to think a little more about the scenes to avoid too many frequent changes.  Next week I am working mornings all week so when I finish at 2 I will head to the library to try and get a second draft finished and typed up.

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